Week 28 Review

Danni smiling with clean hair.

I had a proper hair wash so celebrated with a photo πŸ™‚

Was mostly a good week. Was still on a high from seeing Sammie, and when I was awake I felt up to watching lots of stuff, like football, Netflix and YouTube. I had some anxiety as the care home for respite didn’t get sorted out until Thursday, and I was struggling to modify my care information booklet to make it suitable for staying there instead of having home carers (as they’ll need to do more stuff and they don’t need to be at set times with 24 hour staff).

Was a little annoying that I felt up to going out and doing things but I needed to save my energy for travelling to the care home. On the Monday though I had a hug from Johan, which was well worth the pain it caused.

  • Overall mood – Awesome/Good, mostly normal level of symptoms
  • Average daily sleep – 9 hours 17 minutes
  • Longest sleep – 15 hours 41 minutes from Saturday morning to Sunday morning (deep sleep 61%)
  • Clothes changed – 1
  • Wipe wash – 0
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 1 (and it was a proper one with water and shampoo!)
  • Books read – Started This is True book 1
  • TV watched – Lots, including football (France beating Belgium, Croatia beating England), Steven Universe and Ultimate Beastmaster on Netflix
  • YouTube videos watched – Too many to list
  • Streams watched – Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite on Twitch and Rockhopper Penguin Cam
  • Music listened to –0
  • Podcasts listened to – Welcome to Night Vale episodes 40 and 41
  • Blog posts written – 1
  • Penguins cuddled –  Yes 🐧🐧🐧
  • Johan hand holds – Lots
  • Johan hugs – Yes! A big one on Monday!
  • Time on Twitter – 2 hours 5 minutes (average 17 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 18 hours 10 minutes (average 2 hours 35 minute a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 9 minutes (average 1 minute a day)
  • Other –
    • Really happy to be well enough to watch stuff again. I have a lot to catch up on.
    • Johan hugs are awesome.

Game stuff

  • Games played – 4
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 112
  • Godville Heroine Level – 56 (42% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 31.7%
  • Godville savings – 1 million, 332 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 1
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (25 hours 6 minutes, average 3 hours 35 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Played a ton of Animal Crossing to complete the Dappledot event. Managed to do so a day early.
    • Tried to return as many Dappledots as possible to friends who sent them, but there were just too many.
    • Finally finished a cross stitch while listening to Welcome to Night Vale.

Week 27 Review

Danni is lying in bed, sticking their tongue out while holding a Fab ice lolly in a red holder.

I remembered to take a photo this week! I was talking to Sammie and Johan while on the Surface and took this photo to show off my ice lolly. It made sense in context.

This week has been really hot. Luckily my bedroom is sheltered from the sun, so I’ve been fine with just my window open (and ear plugs to cope with the increased noise). I do have a fan but I’ve not needed it yet.

Health-wise it’s been an up and down week. Other than a couple of migraines (I think I might need to investigate why they’re becoming more common) I’ve not been too bad so long as I don’t move much. By the end of the week I could even move a bit without agony, which was great. The migraines were not fun though, and I also had sleep paralysis that meant I needed Johan to come home early as I couldn’t move while the carer was here.

As I was okay with light and sound for me, I watched a lot of stuff on the telly. Mostly football, but also some YouTube videos. I’m happy that England got through to the semi finals of the World Cup, though as Sweden were my second team I was a bit sad they lost. The other games I mostly had on in the background while working on other stuff, as I wasn’t as invested in them.

Most of the good stuff of the week happened at the end of it. The big one is on Saturday I saw Sammie! She is towering over Johan now, and if she’s not as tall as me yet then it won’t be long. She came over as Johan was taking her to a gaming exhibition in Newcastle that is there as part of the Great Exhibition of the North. They both said they enjoyed it, and I gave Johan some money so they could get food afterwards. I would have liked to go myself, but I wasn’t well enough.

The current idea is for Johan to take Sammie to other places I would if I were well enough, especially the more active ones, but I hope to join them for the more accessible outings if well enough. Will need to check with everyone involved first, and Johan is off to Sweden in a couple of weeks so we’ll look into it more when he gets back.

We got a brown envelope of doom from the DWP, but luckily it was a positive one: I’m staying in the ESA support group without needing a work capability assessment. I didn’t see the form Johan filled in (as he’s my appointee and it’s too much for me) but he must have done a good job. My money is sorted at least for now, which is a big relief.

Sunday morning Johan ran the Great North 10K, and even though it was really hot he ran a personal best, finishing in less than 41 minutes and coming 77th out of 4487 finishers. He’s really happy and I’m very proud of him. There was also a picture of the Running Ninjas on the local newspaper website that was awesome. I was recovering from Saturday so he was able to stay out with his friends for a bit afterwards (the afternoon care call helps with that).

I spent some time this week working on adapting my care instruction book for when I’m in the care home. Unfortunately the care home we hoped I’d go to hasn’t confirmed they have the room for me yet, so I’m getting nervous as I’m meant to be going in just over a week. If they can’t take me I have a couple of alternatives we can ask, but they’re a bit further away which isn’t great for me. I’m sure it’ll get sorted in time, I just don’t like the uncertainty.

Next week is mostly going to be preparing for going into the care home and Johan going to Sweden. Johan has joined a group to do Relay for Life at the weekend but we don’t know what times yet (he can’t stay all day because of me). There’s also more football which I’m looking forward to, especially the England game.

  • Overall mood – Good/Awesome at the weekend. Mixture of high and normal symptoms depending on the day.
  • Average daily sleep – 10 hours 11 minutes
  • Longest sleep – 14 hours 41 minutes from Wednesday morning to Wednesday afternoon (deep sleep 64%)
  • Clothes changed – 2 (One Day I’ll Take Over The Planet penguin top on Monday, Zen penguin’s guide to hoppiness and purple loose trousers on Saturday)
  • Wipe wash – 2
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 0
  • Books read – 0
  • TV watched – Lots of football
  • YouTube videos watched – Tom Scott, Jessica Out of the Closet, vlogbrothers, hankschannel, Mr Puzzle and standupmaths.
  • Streams watched – Rockhopper Penguin Cam
  • Music listened to – None deliberately, but I heard a lot of Three Lions being sung.
  • Podcasts listened to – 0
  • Blog posts written – 1
  • Penguins cuddled – Yes 🐧🐧🐧
  • Johan hand holds – Dozens
  • Johan hugs – 0, but 2 Sammie hugs!
  • Time on Twitter – 6 hours 10 minutes (average 52 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 28 hours (average 4 hours 1 minute a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 26 minutes (average 3 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • My bed has been fixed! Just had the controller replaced and a lock added so the carers can’t pull it out again.
    • New upstairs neighbours get very shouty sometimes. I do not like. I was hoping we were over that after the last shouty neighbours were gone (though I don’t want them murdered).
    • Sammie is super awesome! She had a “rant” about how much she loves her family. It was amazing.

Game stuff

  • Games played – 4
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 111
  • Godville Heroine Level – 56 (11% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 30.9%
  • Godville savings – 1 million, 281 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 0
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (13 hours 41 minutes, average 1 hour 57 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • I keep meaning to do more cross stitch but forgetting. Maybe this week.
    • Just managed to get the gold fishing trophy in Animal Crossing but didn’t complete it.
    • There was a big update in Animal Crossing. Now animals can get to level 25. There are also some UI changes that make things a bit easier but I still need my spreadsheet to track things.
    • New flower event started on Friday. This time it’s collecting Dappledots from sunflowers. I’m doing okay with it, but the second half is usually much harder.

Week 25 Review

Forgot to take a photo again this week. I blame brain fog.

Monday was my 32nd birthday. Slept through most of it, but did get to open cards and presents which were lovely. I’m incredibly lucky to have such awesome friends when I’m such a terrible one. Sammie got me an emperor penguin ornament which is two adults and a chick, which is meant to be Johan, me and Sammie (though Sammie is now significantly taller than Johan, she says it’s a younger Sammie). I also got presents and cards from my family. I’m so spoilt.

Johan has promised to get me cake from one of the many cake delivery places, but I’ve not been well enough to get it yet. Hopefully it’ll be soon. He did say on Sunday he was happy I could now hold a conversation for more than 5 minutes.

When I wasn’t sleeping, I watched quite a few things on the telly. Some of the England match on my birthday and other world cup matches during the week, YouTube videos, and finally watched the first episode of series 10. This payback has been mostly physical, and though I was still very brainfoggy I was able to figure out scores and what happened in Doctor Who with the help of reading a recap. Moving is still a bad idea though, and my hips are very sore from lying on them (as I need to be on my side to sleep or I can’t breathe). Hopefully it won’t be long before I can get out of bed and test out my repaired wheelchair.

  • Overall mood – Awesome for Monday and Tuesday, good the rest of the week. High symptoms due to shower.
  • Average daily sleep – 9 hours 37 minutes
  • Longest sleep – 17 hours 8 minutes from Wednesday morning to Wednesday evening (deep sleep 59%)
  • Clothes changed – 1 (Penguin made of penguins top)
  • Wipe wash – 1
  • Water wash – 0
  • Hair wash – 0
  • Books read – 1 (Dear Chronic Illness
  • TV watched – 4 world cup matches (Tunisia vs England, Germany vs Sweden, England vs Panama and Japan vs Senegal), Doctor Who Series 10 Episode 1
  • YouTube videos watched – Mr Puzzle, Tom Scott, Jessica Out of the Closet, vlogbrothers, totalbiscuit (Genna), Genna Bain (old content), floppotron, scishow (I watched a lot of YouTube this week)
  • Streams watched – Train journey from Aberdeen to Penzance
  • Music listened to – 0
  • Podcasts listened to – 0
  • Blog posts written – 0 (due to brainfog – watching stuff was easier than writing stuff)
  • Penguins cuddled – Lots 🐧🐧🐧
  • Johan hand holds – Multiple
  • Johan hugs – 0
  • Time on Twitter – 1 hours 41 minutes (average 14 minutes a day – was reading but not tweeting much)
  • Time on Reddit – 18 hours 1 minute (average 2 hours 34 minute a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 3 minutes (on Sunday – wasn’t on otherwise)
  • Other –
    • Was weird week with being okay with watching stuff, but not moving. Football is good because the score stays on the screen.
    • Workmen installed a new metal lamppost outside my window. I think something went wrong as while Johan was watching the council workmen digging up the path, there was a massive spark, our lights dimmed and the council workmen were replaced by Northern Powergrid.
    • Was doing not too bad on Thursday until more workmen came, used power tools and I couldn’t get my headphones on quick enough so ended up super nauseous and bleh.
    • Now it’s installed, I like the new lamppost as it doesn’t shine in my bedroom like the old one. I wish it hadn’t made me feel so ill getting installed though.
    • Finally did a food shop on Sunday. It was well overdue.

Game stuff

  • Games played – 5
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
    • Huniepop
    • World of Warcraft
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 107
  • Godville Heroine Level – 55 (48% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 28.4%
  • Godville savings – 1 million, 186 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 0
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (10 hours 48 minutes, average 1 hour 32 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • New Wedding Gyroidite event. At least it’s an easy collection quest.
    • Basically given up Dragonvale for now. I’m not really enjoying it so not playing.
    • Bought Huniepop on the Steam sale after watching Genna and TB playing it on YouTube. It’s fun, though someone behaving like that in real life would be a really really bad thing. Fantasy is okay though.
    • Went into World of Warcraft on Sunday while on the Surface as there was a free weekend. Confirmed I’m really not well enough to play at the moment, but I miss it a lot. Did use my level 100 boost on my druid though, ready for when I return. Hopefully won’t be too long.

Week 24 Review

No photo for the same reason this is late- the shower really wiped me out.

Slept most of the week. The payback was expected but not exactly wanted. Before it got too bad, I watched quite a bit of Genna Bain’s E3 Snarkathon, which I enjoyed. It’s different with her doing it by herself but I’m glad she’s been able to continue it.

Johan phoned to reduce our TV package because we weren’t really watching anything other than the Freeview channels. They couldn’t do it until we’d replaced the old Virgin HD box with the new V6 box. Johan decided to have the new box put in my room as I have the big telly, and have the Tivo box that I already had put in the living room. That happened on Thursday which was good. It’s a lot quieter and much quicker so it’ll be worth using once I’m up to it.

I got my wheelchair fixed on the Wednesday, which I’m really happy about. I can’t wait to be well enough to use it again. Johan is also happy as he uses it to watch things on my telly with me when I’m well enough to have company πŸ™‚

Johan did a lot of running. He missed his metro for one race because I woke him up during the night and he cancelled his alarms, and I didn’t realise until quite late. We went halves on an Uber so he could make it in time for registration and he did well in the end.

Sunday I had a migraine but luckily it was a short one. I’m so grateful that if I have all the medication (I’m allowed) that I’m able to sleep through the worst of them. The pain is bad but sometimes the ME pain is worse so I can deal.

  • Overall mood – Awesome at the beginning because shower. Good the rest of the week. High level of symptoms because of the shower (especially complete exhaustion once the payback kicked in)
  • Average daily sleep – 11 hours 54 minutes
  • Longest sleep –  17 hours 30 minute from Thursday morning to Friday morning (deep sleep 57%)
  • Clothes changed – 0
  • Wipe wash – 0
  • Water wash – 0 (that shower was exhausting)
  • Hair wash – 0
  • Books read – 0
  • TV watched – 0
  • YouTube videos watched – Totalbiscuit (which is now Genna), vlogbrothers, Jessica OOTC
  • Streams watched – Rockhopper Cam, Totalbiscuit (Genna’s E3 Sony Snarkathon)
  • Music listened to – 0
  • Podcasts listened to –  0
  • Blog posts written – 1
  • Penguins cuddled – Yes 🐧🐧🐧
  • Johan hand holds – Lots
  • Johan hugs – 0
  • Time on Twitter – 3 hours 24 minutes (average 29 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 11 hours 43 minutes (average 1 hours 40 minute a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 31 minutes (average 4 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • The shower payback definitely was worse physically than cognitively, which is why I could still watch stuff when not asleep
    • Even when not asleep, spent a lot of time out of it
    • TV Tropes and Reddit are good distractions

Game stuff

  • Games played – 4
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 107
  • Godville Heroine Level – 55 (12% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 27.4%
  • Godville savings – 1 million, 144 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 1
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (14 hours 3 minutes, average 2 hours a day)
  • Other –
    • Completed Elegant Amenity in Animal Crossing
    • Finished adding all the clothes to my Animal Crossing spreadsheet so I can track how many of each I have (because it’s hard to do in game)
    • My pet in Godville got knocked out, but managed to resurrect it in time.

Week 23 Review

Danni is smiling happily at the camera in bed. They are wearing a purple Orange Boy Fan Club top with an orange cat on it.

I am so happy I had a shower! Johan took the photo after I’d been sorted out in bed afterwards.
Mostly had a chilled out week, saving energy for the Sunday as Johan promised he’d shower me if I was well enough, no matter how he felt (after I’d asked him a few times and he didn’t feel up to it). I ate a lot of ham and pease pudding sammiches, because they’re nice and I remembered to buy the ingredients when I did the food shop.

I did quite a bit of sleeping, and reading Reddit/watching YouTube/playing mobile games when not resting. Sammie confirmed that her internet was more stable which I’m happy about.

I had to call Johan home early due to digestive problems, and had issues with my legs and hips due to how long I was lying on them (I have to sleep on my side as otherwise I can’t breathe properly, and though the alternating air mattress helps a bit it doesn’t fix all the pain).

Johan ran the Blaydon Races on the 9th of June, and I was able to follow his progress via his Garmin GPS watch, which I then live tweeted because I could. He told me afterwards that I knew before he did what his time was. Garmin said he took 38 minutes 9 seconds to run 5.6 miles, but his official result was 38:04. As he was wanting to get under 40 minutes he was very happy with this. Afterwards he went out with friends and came back less sober than he left πŸ˜›

A map of Blaydon that shows last part of the route Johan took, and run information such as finishing time.

Sunday was shower day and it took until the evening for me to be well enough, but it was awesome. Found another couple of things I need to improve on the shower chair to reduce pain such as lumbar support and some sort of cushioning on the foot rests, but that shouldn’t be hard.

I do want to find out why I can’t breathe properly when the shower is on my head and neck (and face, but that seems more obvious). We’ve got it on the lowest setting and the temperature is fine, but something about it makes me really breathless. It could just be pain as even on the lowest setting each water drop hurts, but it’s less of a problem below my shoulders. Makes washing my hair interesting but at least with it being so short right now it doesn’t take long.

  • Overall mood – Good, with a normal level of symptoms most of the week, high level Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Average daily sleep – 9 hours 19 minutes
  • Longest sleep – in 19 hours 1 minute from Thursday morning to Friday evening (deep sleep 59%)
  • Clothes changed – 2 (Gender is a Universe top, Orange Boy Fan Club top)
  • Wipe wash – 0
  • Water wash – 1 (I had a shower!)
  • Hair wash – 1 (Shower! Yay!)
  • Books read – 0
  • TV watched – 0
  • YouTube videos watched – Vlogbrothers, Tom Scott, Jessica Out of the Closet
  • Streams watched – Rockhopper penguin cam
  • Music listened to – 0
  • Podcasts listened to – Welcome to Night Vale (Episodes 33-37), Uncommon Sense (Episodes 0-2)
  • Blog posts written – 1
  • Penguins cuddled – Poseidon demanded the most 🐧🐧🐧
  • Johan hand holds – Yup
  • Johan hugs – 0
  • Time on Twitter – 3 hours 59 minutes (average 34 minutes a day)
  • Time on Reddit – 18 hours 17 minutes (average 2 hours 36 minute a day)
  • Time on Facebook – 21 minutes (average 3 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • I had a shower! It had been nearly a year since the last one so I’m still excited.
    • Have discovered most of my penguin bedding has disappeared. I hope it turns up soon.
    • TV Tropes is good to read when not feeling great.
    • Rockhopper penguin chick is called Floof because I say so (and is a big ball of floof). Floof escooped their nest this week, but ran back and hid behind parent when hoomin came.
    • This blog post is late due to payback from shower. It also was posted prematurely as I pressed the wrong button. Twice.

Game stuff

  • Games played – 4
    • Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
    • Cross Stitch
    • Neko Atsume
    • Godville
  • AC: Pocket Camp Level – 105
  • Godville Heroine Level – 54 (80% done)
  • Godville wood for ark – 25.8%
  • Godville savings – 1 million, 63 thousand
  • Cross stitch completed – 5
  • Most played game – Animal Crossing Pocket Camp (12 hours 11 minutes, average 1 hour 44 minutes a day)
  • Other –
    • Completed Bumblecubes event with a day spare. Having lots of generous friends in game helps a lot.
    • I miss World of Warcraft and other PC games. I hope to be well enough to play them again soon.